JAM | May 26, 2023

Christopher Taylor faces 4-year ban following anti-doping violation

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Christopher ‘Cubby’ Taylor dove just ahead of Vernon Norwood and Donovan Brazier in the men’s 400m at the 2022 Millrose Games on Saturday, January 29, 2022. (Photo: Ross Dettman for Millrose Games)

Jamaican quarter-miler Christopher Taylor has been sanctioned by the Athletic Integrity Unit (AIU) for breaching World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regulations.

The 23-year-old sportsman faces a two-to-four ban from competition following a six-month investigation discovered Taylor failed to report for a doping test in November 2022.

According to reports, Taylor, local governing body Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) and Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) and have all been notified at the conclusion of the AIU probe.

It is understood that the specific rule infracted upon was WADA’s Anti-Doping Code Article 2.3, which speaks to “”Evading, Refusing or Failing to Submit to Sample Collection. The Evading Sample collection, or without compelling justification, refusing or failing to submit to Sample collection after notification as authorised in applicable anti-doping rules.”

American athlete Trayvon Bromell crosses the finish line in 20.64 seconds to win the men’s 200m at the 2022 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on Sunday, February 6. Bromell finished ahead of Jamaican Christopher Taylor 20.81s and Elijah Hall (USA) 20.82s. (Photo: Twitter @TnFjunkie)

Taylor, a 2015 World Youth and Carifta Games champion at the distance, last competed in August last year. The Spanish Town native was the fastest Jamaican in the 400-metre dash and made it to the finals of both the 2020 Toyko Olympic Games and the World Athletics Championship in Eugene, Oregon where he finished sixth and seventh respectively.


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